Ethiopia’s Sutume Asefa Kebede Wins Stramilano Half Marathon

Sutume Asefa Kebede wins the Stramilano Half Marathon (Giancarlo Colombo)

Ethiopia’s Sutume Asefa Kebede and Kenya’s Felix Kibitok took the honours at the 47th edition of the Stramilano Half Marathon held in the centre of Milan with the start and finish in Piazza Castello today.

Kebede bettered the 1:08 barrier for the first time in her career with 1:07:54, the second-best winning time at this event and just 12 seconds short of the race record set last year by Ruth Chepngetich, albeit on a slightly different course.

Asefa crossed the finish line in 1:07:54, taking 46 seconds off the PB she set at last year’s Karlovy Vary Half Marathon. Karanja finished more than two minutes adrift to take second place in 1:10:15, while compatriot Esikon was third in 1:12:37, repeating her finishing position from last year.

“I am very happy with the win,” said Asefa. “The weather conditions were ideal and I really liked the course.”

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